Brie Larson's casting as Captain Marvel marked the end of a long search by Marvel Studios for an actress to play Carol Danvers - but for Larson herself, the journey to becoming Captain Marvel took a lot of consideration.
“It took me a really long time,” Larson explained to Vanity Fair of her decision making process in taking the role. “I had to sit with myself, think about my life and what I want out of it. Ultimately, I couldn’t deny the fact that this movie is everything I care about, everything that’s progressive and important and meaningful, and a symbol I wished I would’ve had growing up. I really, really feel like it’s worth it if it can bring understanding and confidence to young women - I’ll do it.”
Larson also explained that she felt she was cast because she has "many similarities" to Captain Marvel, and explained that Marvel Studios has so far been receptive to her ideas for the character.
Like the search for an actress, the hunt for co-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden was exhaustive. Speaking to Fandango, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explained why the pair was eventually chosen.
"We met with lots and lots of people as we always do, and had multiple meetings, and Anna and Ryan just had an amazing way of talking about Carol Danvers and talking about her journey," Feige explained. "We want filmmakers that can help us focus on and elevate the character journey so it doesn't get lost amongst the spectacle. And there's going to be a lot of spectacle in the Captain Marvel film."
"We're pretty good at that at Marvel Studios, and have an amazing team that can help with that," Feige continued. "But when we're filling a director chair or chairs, we want people who are focused on the emotional journey, the humor, the surprising twists and turns of a singular character journey, which is what Captain Marvel is. They had the best handle on it. And when you look at the work that Ryan and Anna have done in the past, they are all amazing and very diverse character studies and journeys, and that impressed us."
Captain Marvel is due out in theaters March 8, 2019.